What happens if I get a flat tire? Will I have to carry my bike to the nearest rest stop?

One of the many services offered along the route is bicycle support. Our mobile bike shops, Village CycleSport and Wheel & Sprocket, are available to address any repair problems you may encounter. Should you require help while on the route, use a ‘thumbs down’ signal to let an approaching repair van know you need help. However, carrying spare tubes and a pump and knowing how to change a flat is recommended. Changing tires and simple repairs are complimentary. Parts and more complex repairs will be assessed by each bike shop and charged to the rider.

Do I need to check-in when I’m done riding each day?

Yes. This is mandatory and VERY IMPORTANT. The check-in procedure is done for several reasons. First, this is how we know that you have made it safely to the end of the day and how we keep track of everyone. Second, you must check-in to receive your room assignments for the night. Third, you must check-in to receive the next day’s cue sheet. Although it’s tempting to relax after you’ve made it to the end of each day, you must check-in before you do so.

How much time do I have each day to complete the ride?

Although it’s not a race, there are hours in which you must finish the ride each day. These hours will be printed on your itinerary and your cue sheets, which are available at check-in on the first day of the ride. Ride hours are roughly from the opening time of breakfast until the middle of dinner hours. This is plenty of time to complete your daily ride in a leisurely fashion. If you leave before ride hours begin or finish after ride hours end, support services will not be available.

What happens if there is an emergency?

Our mobile volunteer medical team patrols the route and will be contacted in the event of an emergency. They will also be available before and after ride hours at our overnight sites. For non-medical emergencies, SAG vehicles are regularly patrolling the route as well and can provide help. If necessary, we will alert riders of information via social media, email and on the ride at rest stops, sites and on the route.

What if it rains during the tour?

The event does go on, rain or shine. Though we generally experience great riding weather, it’s still summer in the Midwest. Be sure to bring rain gear just in case – check your list of things to pack for more information.  In cases of severe weather conditions (lightning, excessive heat) the event may be delayed and/or portions of the route may be closed. Potential weather issues will be communicated to all participants.

Am I out on the route alone all day?

No. Volunteers patrol the route in support and gear (SAG) vans during official ride hours. These volunteers are there to make sure everything is going well on the route. They can assist if you are in need of help. Use the “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” signal to let them know they are needed.

In addition, there will be two mobile bike shops and a mobile volunteer medical team available.

You can flag down any CowaLUNGa vehicle if you are in need of services, because all official CowaLUNGa vehicles can communicate with each other and can call for the appropriate help.

How do I find my way on the route?

When you check in at the start line on the first day of the event, you will receive a “cue sheet” for that day’s route. Cue sheets have line-by-line instructions of every road and turn along the route plus mileage information.

Along the route, pink directional arrows are painted on the pavement and CowaLUNGa signs are placed for additional guidance. You will see an example of these arrows and signs at the start line check-in.

Each night when you check in at the overnight location, you will receive a cue sheet for the next day’s route.

Where do I keep my bike overnight?

Riders are allowed to keep their bikes in their cabins at the Day One overnight stop.

On Day Two, bikes are NOT allowed in dorm rooms and are required to be locked in a secure location on UW-Whitewater’s campus for overnight storage. You should take off any removable equipment, because although the Day Two storage location is fully secured, RHA is not responsible for lost or damaged items.

Do I have to carry my belongings with me on my bike?

No. RHA provides a gear truck at start line check-in for one-, two- and three-day riders and transports your belongings along the route. You’ll be able to retrieve your gear when you arrive at each day’s final destination and check in. If you’re registered for the following day’s ride, you’ll drop your bag off with our staff the next morning.

Please, one bag per person. Campers are allowed a second bag for their camping gear.

What kind of overnight accommodations are available?

Accommodations are included in your CowaLUNGa registration fee and you’ll choose “indoor” or “outdoor” when you register.

Indoor accommodations include dorm-like cabins on Day One and dorm rooms at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Day Two. There is no air conditioning at either site. In all cases, two people are assigned to a room (and sometimes more on Day One, depending on your cabin assignment). You will need to bring your own linens including sheets, pillow, blankets, and/or other items important to you for a good night of sleep. We’ll transport these items for you from one overnight stop to the next. And remember to pack a shower towel to use for the weekend.

If you’d prefer to sleep outdoors at Conference Point on night one, space will be made available for you to set up your own camping equipment. RHA will transport camping gear but cannot assist with set up. Campers will have access to restrooms and showers. And remember to pack a shower towel to use for the weekend.